Long time ago, in a country far away, there was a writer named Ruyard Kipling who lamented the lack of understanding between the English and the inhabitants of India. He coined the phrase “Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” This phrase came to me as I pondered why is it that money and Spiritism have an unbridgeable gap between them: Because there is no coin that the living posses that can buy out the dead.
Of course, there will be the intrepid who think they can buy the dead with cigars, rum, candles and promises. But one fact remains the same; both the living and the dead are equally fond of their autonomy. Bargains may be stricken for a time, but eventually all bonds will dissolve, it is as sure as the fact that all matters tend to go from order to disorder.
However, there are those who are gifted with the spirits, so gifted in fact that they consider righteous to charge in coin for favors from the spirit world, as if they could control their manifestations, prophesies and guarantee the removal of obstacles, the evolution of spiritual paths and any other thing for which the queering party is willing to pay.
Spiritism, as practiced by Kardecians, is founded on three concepts Faith, Hope and Charity. These three sisters are equally important for the evolution of the human soul, its advancement and enlightenment. Here comes the punch though, how can one practice Spiritism when one is compromising one of those principles? If moneys are charged for example for a Spiritual Mass, would that not go against the concept of humility that Spiritists should espouse? To charge for the work of a Medium is like boasting, and the later should not be done on Spiritual circles, after all, the work done in the company of kindred spirits is supposed to uplift all, not to glorify the talents of one or a few preceding the gathering.
I do understand the fact that some people consider that their time has value and they feel entitled for charging for their knowledge and time. But, does not that endanger the work of the Spiritist? After all, when a Spiritist is paid, a performance according to the desires of the queering party is not only expected, it is demanded. And oh boy do we see fur fly when matters are not to the satisfaction of the party shelling out the cash!
I can’t but to look back at the many nights when I have opened the doors of my house to at least 30 people, when we have sat together in prayer and when mediums have come without interest, at least not monetary. Yes, the gatherings have a cost, materials are needed, but I have been glad to share with those coming what I could afford for refreshments after the gathering, and they in turn, have been generous to not come empty handed for the most part and contribute flowers, cigars, candles, rum and even the occasional snack.
It seem as though those days are further and fewer, materialism has a way of eroding and polluting the purity of spiritual development.
Will this go on? Will more mediums charge for development circles? For spiritual masses meant to tease out the spiritual framework of a particular person? For what should be workings of faith, hope and charity? I can tell you one thing, as long as I live, I will never charge for a mass. That is my promise to my spirits, they shan’t be prostituted. How do you feel about it? What will you do to preserve the integrity of Spiritism? I got five words for you: It is in your hands.
Oní Yemayá Achagbá